2017 Big East Conference Tournament Predictions

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 5:38 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 7, 2017 5:38 PM UTC

Our college basketball handicapping expert Ross Benjamin provides us with a betting preview on the upcoming 2017 Big East Tournament. Go inside to read this compelling article which includes some college basketball free picks.

The Big East Tournament gets underway on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden in New York. There will be 2 opening night first round games involving the bottom 4 seeds. Quarterfinal action begins on Thursday with 4 games slated, and it all kicks off at 12:00 PM ET. All 9 Big East Conference Tournament games will be televised by Fox Sports1.

Big East Tournament Seeds
  1. Villanova (28-3)
  2. Butler (23-7)
  3. Providence (20-11)
  4. Marquette (19-11)
  5. Seton Hall (20-10)
  6. Creighton (23-8)
  7. Xavier (19-12)
  8. St. John’s (13-18)
  9. Georgetown (14-17)
  10. DePaul (9-22)


The Bracket and Schedule


Big East Tournament Futures Odds

All odds courtesy of Bovada, and are as of Monday, 3/6.

  • Villanova -150
  • Butler +400
  • Creighton +500
  • Marquette +900
  • Xavier +1200
  • Seton Hall +2000
  • Georgetown +2800
  • Providence +2800
  • St. John’s +5000
  • DePaul +10000
 Wednesday 3/8 First Round Games#8 St. John’s vs. #9 Georgetown 7:00 PM ET

St. John’s and Georgetown will square off in the opening game of the Big East Tournament. The winner gets the right to be lambasted by Villanova on Thursday, and that contest will take place approximately a mere 15 hours later at 12:00 PM ET. Nevertheless, the Red Storm should have a slight advantage against the struggling Hoyas, especially considering they play some of their home games at Madison Square Garden.

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#10 DePaul vs. #7 Xavier 9:30 PM ET

Xavier fizzled down the final stretch of regular season action, they would have to be completely flat not to get by last place DePaul on Wednesday. If indeed they do so, the Musketeers will take on Providence on Thursday at 2:30 PM ET. There’s a distinct possibility it will be a must win game for Xavier if they hope to be included in one of the 2017 March Madness brackets.

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Thursday 3/9 Quarterfinals#1 Villanova vs. winner of St. John’s/Georgetown 12:00 PM ET#4 Marquette vs #5 Seton Hall 2:30 PM ET#2 Butler vs. winner of Xavier/DePaul 7:00 PM ET#3 Providence vs. #6 Creighton 9:30 PM ET

Unless we witness an absolute shocker, Villanova will advance to the semifinals. It’s then just be a matter of whether Villanova covers the point spread, and barring something unforeseen, college basketball betting odds will show them as a double-digit favorite in Thursday’s quarterfinal game.

Seton Hall has four returning starters from last season’s Big East Tournament champions. That experience will pay dividends against a very beatable Marquette team that has some defensive shortcomings. As a matter of fact, I’ll be serious contemplating using Seton Hall for one of my Thursday. college basketball picks.

Xavier is surely capable of upsetting Butler, but I’m not willing to bet on that transpiring. While Providence and Creighton is an intriguing matchup, and may turn out to be the most entertaining game of the day.


Friday 3/10 Semifinal Predictions#1 Villanova vs. #5 Seton Hall 6:30 PM ET

Keep in mind, it was Seton Hall that pulled off a huge upset over Villanova in last year’s Big East Final. Subsequently, March Madness results showed Seton Hall losing their opening NCAA Tournament game, and Villanova went on to win the 2017 national championship. Look for Villanova to get revenge for last year’s gut-wrenching defeat, and win by a substantial margin on Friday.

 #2 Butler vs. #3 Providence 9:00 PM ET

Providence made an impressive surge in February, and by all rights should’ve already done enough to be included in one of the 2017 NCAA March Madness brackets. Butler is more than capable of making a deep NCAA Tournament run. The Bulldogs will be wear down Providence, pull away late, and advance to face Villanova in Saturday finals.


Saturday 3/11 Finals Prediction#1 Villanova vs # @ Butler 5:30 PM ET

I love the character and toughness of Butler. Nevertheless, Villanova isn’t about to be denied in the finals 2 years in a row. In a game that should be highly competitive throughout, I like Villanova minus a relatively small number for one of my March Madness predictions.

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